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Each year, the Lord and I have a discussion on what should I expect, what does God want to do in my life, and possibly, His plan for working on the church in the new year. 

This year is 2015 soon, and I have asked God, and He answered quickly, immediately actually.  The word, and its acrostic meaning is still being explained in detail, and as before, in other years, some of which are recorded herein, I will explain what God is telling me.  As before, I always want all of you to test what I show, be sure to confirm with the Lord, what He is saying to you.   All things are to be tested, prophetic revelations from anyone are to be verified by each  person.  I have found the Lord accurate to me, and now it is mandatory that you test with the Word of God and confirmation direct from the Lord.

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The word the Lord has given me for 2015 is:
FINISHED


The acrostics of the word will give us some details of what the Lord, I feel, is speaking to us for the year 2015.  Stay tuned, for the explanations of the letters, will likely come quickly, as we are less than three days until 2015, at this moment.


PROPHECY FOR THE YEAR 2015

 

 
'F'
final

'I'
inauguration

'N'
now

'I'
initiated

'SHED'




INTRODUCTION:

The word ‘finished’ is a confusing one. There are some who might jump to conclusions on what all this word may say. Yet, do not despair, do not jump to conclusions, and do not stop reading, for I feel the Lord is showing me something about 2015 that each of us should test, confirm, or deny. We need to sometimes know what is ahead, what the Lord wants to prepare us concerning.

When I asked the Lord about 2015, the word came quickly, and surprised me. The nature of the word could cause consternation, and self examination. Certainly, we pray, the Lord is not finished with us. We all have failed so often, and it is a wonder that He has not long ago, finished trying to make me into the image of Christ. I have failed so often, and likely you too have, that we would not be surprised if God gave up and said He was ‘finished’ trying. Yet, that is not what the Lord is conveying here, in this word. As God filled me in on the meaning, it became clear though, that this word has meaning for me, and perhaps you, in this coming year. I have seen the starting of ‘finished’ already in this final month of 2014.

 

FINAL = F

We are in a ‘final’ stage of the Lord’s ministry through us. We all have been called, anointed with His power, and given direction in ministry through our years of service down here on earth.

Our ministry, in some ways, mirrors the ministry of the 70 disciples. Matthew, John, and Mark who received much of his information from Peter, do not mention the ministry of the 70 disciples. So, some are unfamiliar with their ministries.

Jesus praised the work of the 70. Jesus said that He saw, as it were, satan falling as their work was done. Jesus says that the devil was ‘fallen’ indicating an accomplished event. He says that satan was ‘fallen like lighning’, meaning a momentary brightness, a quick descent, coming to earth in a flash of suddenness.

Luke 10:17-18 (KJV)

And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Whenever saints go on a mission like the 70, and boldly proclaim the gospel, the devil’s kingdom will fall. And the gospel proclaimers will find as did the 70 that ‘Nothing shall in any wise hurt..." for the protection of the Lord abounds upon such disciples.

We, today, are like, in some ways, the 70 disciples. We are nearing a time of the fall of satan, and though he has been boasting and proudly flaunting his seeming successes, he is soon to fall. We, like the 70, are in this FINAL time of bringing that fall to completion.

The ministry of the 70 brought vast crowds to hear Jesus on His final trip.

Luke 12:1

"In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable

multitude of people, insomuch that they trod one upon another."

"An innumerable multitude" means myriads, or tens of thousands. Jesus avoided the cities who did not want Him, and went to people who believed and wanted to hear His message. And in the last days, we should preach to hearers who want to hear, and wipe fully off the dust of those who do not want the message.

The devil’s kingdom crumbles when the 70 preach the truth. Jesus said, that ‘Satan’ meaning ‘the accuser’ (Greek, satanas, meaning... the attacker, the accuser, the adversary) was seen to "fall" (Greek, ‘pipto’ meaning "to fly down in a fall") ‘from heaven’ (Greek, ouranos, meaning from ‘high places’).

So the devil got angry at the 70 disciples, for as they preached and proclaimed the good news, The devil, the accuser, who wanted to hinder them, was falling down from the high places that he had stationed himself.

The devil was hurting from this mission of the 70, and he became angry.

Jesus and these 70 needed stopped, according to the ‘satan’. And he began to accuse, slander and malign Jesus and the 70.

All of us have ministries. We all seek to be witness to the Lord. In the last days, a call for many of us to have somewhat unusual ministries has gone forth. Like the 70, we have a last day ministry for Jesus. We are to go forth and preach, and often are rejected. Yet there is miracle power, there is protective power, the devil is mad, but falling. He will soon be trying harder than ever to stop us, but we will complete our final mission in these last days, like unto the 70.

All of Jesus’ 12, and of His 70 disciples had human frailties, as we do. Jesus worked in their lives to change them into great witnesses. We have a FINAL mission to complete, we must be involved in the FINAL fall of the devil in the church age.

Jesus is soon to return, and as the 70 had a special mission to announce Jesus last visit before the crucifixion and resurrection, we have a special mission to announce His soon return.

Some will listen, some will reject. We need to ‘wipe’ the dust from the places of those who reject, and go on to the next group. We have a mission that Jesus will be giving us special miracle power, and the demons will be totally subject to us. The devil will soon be trying to stop us, but he is a failure, as Jesus pointed out.

The 70 disciples are mostly unknown by much of Christianity. In the early church, of course, they were known, talked to, about, etc., but since the dark ages, much of the early church knowledge, and writings about them,

have been lost. Even Matthew, Mark, and John do not mention the 70 in their gospels. Only Luke mentions the 70. Why? Why only does Luke talk of the 70 disciples? Why are these 70 ignored by three of the four gospel writers? Were they inferior disciples? Were they failures?

Luke read the other gospels, and noticed the 70 and their ministries

were omitted. He (Luke) wrote his book to right that wrong and complete the truth. There was a bias amidst the 12 of Gentiles. It was eight years after the ascension of Jesus, that Peter went to Cornelius’ house, and following their conversion, and an attempted censure of Peter for going there, by the other disciples. The Gentiles were finally accepted, at least in part, by the church.

The world, even the church world in the most part, will not notice the ones the Lord chooses to use in these last days. We are not here for headlines, nor for guest appearances on Oprah. We have a spiritual mission in this ‘final’ ministry.

In that time, the devil was angry at the success of the 70 who were sent out by Jesus. The devil had been planning the crucifixion of Jesus. Even Jesus had been telling the disciples of the coming crucifixion. The devil had no idea of the coming church to be instituted. But suddenly, 70 disciples are sent forth, in 35 groups of two (the minimum number for a church) The 70 go out and the sick are healed, devils are cast out, crowds get very large coming to hear Jesus, due to the ministry of the 70.

These successes make the devil mad, so what is the devil to do with these 70? The twelve, as we have seen, were soon intimidated, scared, fearful, and following afar off. Yet, the 70 were still out rounding up crowds, having success after success.

 

As Jesus, sat on the hillside, overlooking Jerusalem, note what He said.

Luke 19:41-44

"And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying,

If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes. ... thou knewest not the time of thy visitation."

The seventy were not present at the last supper, but as they came into Jerusalem in the following few days, preaching as they had been in the other cities, they met the resistance that the devil had built up against Jesus.

Some of us today, are like unto Jesus here, in Luke 19, looking at the news, looking at the events of the world, looking at even the carnality and hypocrisy, the falling away of some, in the churches. Our heart weeps for these conditions.

Some of us are being called, like the 70, to do a special work, a ‘final’ work, to bring down the fall of the devil in these last days. No, don’t get ready for a write up in some news magazine, or to be called to appear on 60 Minutes television show. Don’t think that even the church world is going to anoint and proclaim your value. This is a battlefield, the devil is fighting mad, and his fall is soon to surprise him again. Some of the church are in hiding, some are compromising with his cohorts of the day, hoping to assuage his anger. The ones on the battlefield, like the 70, are largely ignored then and now.

For instance;

Matthew 24:34-35, 39

"Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets and wise men and scribes

and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; some of them ye shall scourge in your synagogues and persecute them from city to city, that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zecharias, son of Barachias, who ye slew between the Temple and the altar... Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till you shall say: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord..."

Jesus had warned that some who would ‘come’ in the ‘name of the Lord’ would be killed, crucified, scourged. The ones sent were the 70. And near the time of the crucifixion of Jesus, many of these 70 were suffering greatly, some dying.

Why were the 70 not at the last supper? Why were they not at the cross?

The 70 were just coming to Jerusalem, having done their job elsewhere,

when the plot against Jesus was at fruition. Some were killed, some were persecuted. Jesus had told the 12 of the crucifixion and His own death, but Jesus had told the 70 of some of them being put to death.

Look at what Jesus said to them:

Luke 21:12-19

"But before all these (the signs of the end times), they shall lay hands on you (not someone else, later), and persecute you, Shall turn to you for a testimony... ye shall be betrayed both by parents and brethren and kinsfolk, and friends, and some you shall they cause to be put to death ... Ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake... But there shall not an hair on your head perish. In your patience, possess ye your souls."

We are in a similar time, now entering 2015, and are not going to be seen as champions or even as ones to be admired for ministry. We will find the anger of the devil aroused and working. He hated the 70.

In these last days, we have a final ministry much like that of the 70. We minister about the coming Lord Jesus. He is coming soon. The devil hates this soon coming event of Jesus coming, of His catching away of His saints seven years prior. He is anxious to have as many killed as he can. Yet, the Lord will be rapturing His church, resurrecting His saints who have beforehand died, very soon. We shall soon be with our Lord.

more to come soon... in last three days of this year... so check back soon..


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INAUGURATION = I


The word ‘inauguration’ sort of confused me. I had to think on it, trying to figure out what in the world the Lord would reveal about it.

In definition, the word means:

An inauguration is a formal ceremony to mark the beginning of a major public leader's term of office.

That is the way we would define it, and normally hear it used in that context. However, in further study and prayer, the Lord showed me that ‘inaugurate’ means ‘to begin or introduce a system, a policy, or a period of time.

Jesus came and inaugurated the Kingdom, at least in part, when He first came. The kingdom, and the end times were started then, and when the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost, the final days were inaugurated. The kingdom, in one way, is future, in the fulfillment of the judgments, and opening of our heavenly homes. Now, we are in the beginnings of the kingdom, and this time of 2015, I believe is going to a year when we make a final plea for people to accept Jesus, as the 70 did in their three year ministry with Jesus in the first coming.

Did the 70 announce the arrival of the kingdom here and now? Yes, and even John the Baptist preached, ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand’. The coming of that kingdom is still progressing and needs to be finished with the arrival, soon we pray.

The kingdom is both in the present and in the future. Some, through the centuries have disagreed on the nature of the kingdom. If the kingdom is all future, we do not need to take it seriously today, but the kingdom is both future and present, coming, but already here, only not fully installed till Jesus comes.

Eschatology is a study of future things. It is a branch of theology that studies future events. It focuses on what the Bible tells us of the last days, and the end times. Jesus spoke of the ‘kingdom’ that would ‘come’ when He returns, and of the ‘kingdom’ that was to be prayed for ‘on earth as it is in heaven’.

Albert Schweitzer, a German Bible scholar, musician, and medical missionary to Africa, popularized a ‘futurist eschatology’. He believed the last days have already begun, and only the fulfilling events of its completion of fulfillment are yet to come. Schweitzer had some fallacies in his interpretation, but as time passed, many have studied it, and understand the Bible reveals two stages with a long intermission of time completing what the first part began.

Charles Harold Dodd, a British theologian, presented an alternative view that the kingdom of God was recognized in Jesus person. The signs of its rule were to be inside each person. This is true of salvation, but not a complete explanation of the ‘kingdom’ that we are to pray soon, and literally comes. Dodd’s ideas were termed ‘realized eschatology’.

So, Schweitzer saw the ‘kingdom’ as a future event, and Dodd saw it as a present change in our souls. I believe it to be in history, and in a future fulfillment. The kingdom of God has arrived, but has not fully been implemented as yet. There is a need for transformation of the world, only able to be done when Jesus literally returns to rule and reign.

This kind of eschatology is called INAUGURATED ESCHATOLOGY. The kingdom did come in Jesus, and we share in being in the kingdom when we are saved, but there is still a future fulfilment, and it is not consummated as yet.

Like the 70 who came to present the kingdom as a beginning event in Jesus, we in our time are to announce the soon event of the completion of Jesus’ kingdom coming.

The INAUGURATION of this announcement of the final part of the kingdom, is to be done or started in 2015. Today, we find that ‘fear’ and doubt are hindering this ‘inaugurating’ of the kingdom. It was similar in the days of the 70 disciples then too.

John 20:19-21 (KJV)

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when He had so said, He shewed unto them His hands and His side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.

The disciples ‘assembled’ but not to worship, not to be taught, they were ‘assembled for fear’. The terror of the events of that day was real. Jesus had foretold not only of His own death, but also of others who would be killed. Fear was their motivating factor in this gathering.

The discussion of the empty tomb was going on, but it was not enough to raise them out of fear. Jesus came into the room, showed them His hands and feet, with the nail prints still very evident. He proclaimed ‘peace’ upon them.

Then He states, ‘as the Father hath sent Me, so send I you.’

This is a very startling, not very welcome statement to them, nor is it to many of today, who are in ministry. They had been through some trying days, they had seen their ‘Lord’, the Messiah, go through suffering beyond measure. They had seen His mission in coming was to give in total sacrifice, His life. Then, He finally reveals, after proclaiming ‘peace’ for them, that they have a similar mission now for Him, to give their all, to suffer and be rejected, to be forsaken by those deemed to be friends, to carry a cross through life.

Ministers often get the idea that they are there to be appreciated, praised, complimented, rewarded, and revered. The ‘title’ of ‘Reverend’ in front of some of our names, is the most ‘reverence’ that we will find. In the ministry, not even our perfect Lord Jesus was revered. He came from God with a mission, and that mission required emptying Himself of all pride, all personal ambition, all self glory, all seeking of acclaim for oneself.

John 17:14-19 (KJV)

14 I have given them Thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15 I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.

18 As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

We have the ‘Word’, the message from Jesus, to take to this world. The world therefore hates us, for the message is ‘not of the world’, and it was rejected when Jesus gave it. Unless we adulterate the message with other teachings to make it appealing to this world, it is going to be ‘hated’ and we are going to be ‘hated’ also.

Jesus prays for His ministers to be ‘kept from’ evil. We are to realize, that this is not our ‘home’, we are in a foreign world, for our home is ‘heaven’.

Jesus as Jesus was sent from His heavenly home to this foreign world, we are now sent into this world as ‘ambassadors’ from our homeland, from heaven. We are to be ‘sanctified’, i.e. set apart, for a ministry here, one that is like unto what Jesus came to do, like unto how He was treated when He came.

We are to inaugurate this message, as the 70 did theirs, and tell this world that the kingdom is about to come in a literal way, in the return of Jesus to this world.

No, I am not saying the rapture or second coming is in 2015. The seventy started their message three years before the first Jesus completed establishment of the kingdom, and though I do not expect it to be long before the literal kingdom is to be set up, it will be at least 7 years till then, but we, as disciples today, are to preach a final inauguration to the church, to the world, that the kingdom, the literal part, is soon to occur.


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NOW = N

 

The word now for ‘n’ is indicative of the immediacy of what the Lord is saying. The word ‘now’ is used in the Bible referring to the last days, and the Spirit spoke it long ago to Paul, about the last days:

I Timothy 4:1

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed (prosecho, Greek, meaning "to bring near, give attention to, to be addicted to") to seducing spirits, and to doctrines of devils."

We are also warned in the letter of Thessalonians:

II Thessalonians 2:12

"God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie."



Due to the delusions, false doctrines, seductive spirits of the last days, we must begin our work no later than ‘now’. Jesus spoke urgency to the disciples in that time too.

Matthew 10:1-6 (KJV)

1 And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

...

5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Some people, at this time of Jesus’ choosing His twelve apostles, thought Jesus to be delirious, deranged, beside Himself in how He was behaving.

Mark 3:13-14 (KJV)

13 And He goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto Him whom He would: and they came unto Him.

14 And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach,

Mark 3:21 (KJV)

21 And when His friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on Him: for they said, He is beside Himself.

The word for ‘beside’ is existemi meaning ‘to be out of one’s wits, insane, crazy.’ The sudden change in Jesus made the family of Jesus think Jesus had gone crazy. The brothers of Jesus did not accept Jesus as the Messiah until after the resurrection, so it is easy to see how their thoughts of Jesus’ ministry here would be distorted.

The word ‘friend’ is actually a poor translation, it is a word that refers to family relations. These are likely His brothers. They had not believed on Him, and it was not for almost three years before they would. Jude and James came to understand that Jesus was the Messiah, after His resurrection. So, for the first thirty years of Jesus’ life, He was a brother, at home, learning to be a carpenter, poor. Suddenly, He broke off from that trained occupation, spent time in a desert, denied Himself comforts and security at home, began to choose men to go out and preach, do miracles, and proclaim the coming of the kingdom of the Messiah. Crowds were gathering, and they saw their brother behaving quite unusually.

The enemies of Jesus may have started the rumor that this man was deranged, but the family of Jesus, and some others, must have succumbed to that false idea, and sought to restrain the Lord, take Him home, and help Him recover.



It is like the ones today, who:

condone killing unborn children,

condone perverted sex with the same gender,

cuss at the Almighty God and Jesus who died for us,

and then call Christians to be "fanatical", "crazy", or "mad" for going to church frequently, reading the Bible often, and talking about heaven and God.


Now, we may be called ‘crazy’ for wanting to have this kingdom ‘finished’ and set in place. The announcement of such, the call for disciples to go out to announce the nearness, is going to be called ‘crazy’, and that we are ‘beside ourselves’.

The world considers a real Christian to be crazy. Even real Christians become brain-washed by the world's opinion, and consider themselves to be "crazy".

Paul had a strange conversion... It was not a simple altar call, but a miraculous vision of the Lord, that knocked him from his horse, put him on the ground, hearing a message that others did not understand, and leaving him blind for days. (Acts 9:2-18, 22:6-21, 26:12-18). There were witnesses to the bright light, and witnesses to a strange sound, but only Paul understood the sounds, and only Paul beheld Jesus. In fact, Paul bragged that he had literally seen Jesus (I Cor. 9:1), and he claims boldly that it was Jesus Himself who "appeared" to him (I Cor. 15:8). I know the hearers of this testimony thought Paul to be crazy.

If someone today claims to have personally been visited by Jesus Himself, and has seen the Lord personally, or heard an audible voice of the Lord... people usually begin to consider such a one to be fanatical, crazy, or "beside themselves."

"Who was this Paul?" they would question... "Does he think he, a murderer, would be honored more than someone who has been a saint for years???" Some have thought me crazy, when I share some of the visions of the Lord. It is all right, they thought Paul to be crazy too. Some of the family of Jesus thought Him to be ‘beside Himself’.

Paul’s whole salvation is considered by many to make him seem ‘beside himself’ (a nicer way to say ‘crazy’). The conversion of Paul was instantaneous, and immediately, without teaching from a Bible school, or from a seminary, he says: "What shall I do, Lord..." (Acts 22:10). Today, people want to see a diploma, a minister's license from some big organization, or a "Doctor of Divinity" after the name. Paul did not go to the disciples for doctrinal instruction. He went to Petra (Gal. 1:17) for two years, and when he returned from having personally studying the Scriptures with the Lord and the Holy Spirit as his Teachers, he had "developed faith" (Acts 9:22).

Yet, Paul was not crazy, mad, nor beside himself. He had found the Savior, and His behavior is only misunderstood by those who have not found Jesus.

 

Acts 26:25-26

"But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely; for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner."

No, Paul was not crazy. Many who judge Paul, and judge others like him, are "crazy." God's ways are "crazy" to human nature.

Matthew 5:11-12

"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you."

So, Jesus was thought to be ‘mad’, beside Himself, crazy, and insane. They hoped to take Him home to recover. Well, because He did not ‘recover’, we can be saved, we can become more and more like Him. If the world calls that crazy, well, they can talk to the Great Physician on judgment day, and see that the Great Psychiatrist is the One they called ‘beside Himself.

We are not to recover, or to even think this over as to whether we should do what we have tested and proven to be God’s will. Surely, we do test what I am saying here, but once tested and sure, we are to do this ‘NOW’.

Mark 3:14

"And He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him, and that he might send them forth to preach."

Jesus called them then, and all us now, for a purpose. He had plans for them. This was not a social club, but a training school. The church (ecclesia, Greek for "called out ones") is a continuation of the calling our of the twelve disciples. We, as the church, do not meet for simply social reasons, but we meet to be trained and prepared by the Lord for a purpose. Notice the reasons that Jesus called the twelve together:

He called them to be with Him...

They saw His love, His mercy, and His sympathy. They observed His suffering, His giving, His mercy. Jesus wanted them to be with Him to see these traits. They listened for nearly three years to His teaching.

He called them to preach the gospel

They had heard His message over and over. Jesus had preached illustrated sermons. He had told of a great harvest. He told them to pray for laborers.

He told them to continue His work after He left.

We have also experienced Jesus love, mercy, and sympathy. We know of His sufferings, and offered grace and mercy. We are some of the laborers those first disciples prayed for. We have a work to FINISH NOW.


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INITIATED = I

 

This final inauguration is to be done now, and initiated. The word ‘initiate’ means to ‘cause a plan or action to begin’. It does take a ‘beginning’ and the beginning should be caused. Initiate the plan, begin the action, and God is going to be working with us in His plan for the year 2015.

The twelve apostles were of the first fruits of all apostles. They were similar in their devotion to Jesus, but were very different in temperament.

Peter was bold, impulsive, and eager...
John was thoughtful, quiet...
Nathaniel was believing and prayerful...
Thomas was skeptical...
Matthew was conciliatory...
Simon the Zealot was rebellious, angry, and impatient...

 

By being with Jesus, and by being taught by Him, they had changed. The ignorant men became learned men. The unprepared became prepared. The weak became strong. The doubtful and skeptical became believing. The angry and vengeful became loving. The called became sent. The difference was Jesus. He had called, trained, and prepared them. Then He gave them "authority".

 

Matthew 10:1

"He (Jesus) called His twelve disciples to Him and gave them authority."

 

Jesus shared His authority with them. He then had told His disciples to pray for "laborers" for the "harvest", and their prayers were then answered when Jesus gave them the work to do.

Jesus continued after imparting authority to them to tell these twelve to:

heal the sick...
raise the dead...
cleanse the lepers...
cast out demons...

Jesus passes on this exousia ‘authority’ and now with the baptism of the Spirit, we also have the dunamis ‘power’ to do the works of Jesus. We are commanded to go forth, preach... after ‘being with Him.’

Matthew 28:18-20

"And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power (Greek = exousia = authority) is given Me in heavens and in the earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

 

Verse 5

Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not

Their mission was limited to Jews (Mt. 10:5-6; Jn. 1:11; Rom. 1:16). Later to the 70 disciples, that commission is broadened. To the followers of Jesus, we have an even broader commission. Now we are to take the gospel to every person, every race, every nation. Now we are to preach a coming fulfilment of the completion of His kingdom.

Mark 16:15 (KJV)

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Luke 24:47 (KJV)

47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Acts 1:8 (KJV)

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

The Holy Spirit is still working and He wants to use spiritual gifts as we initiate into ministries for God’s glory..

1. The Spirit of God draws saints together.

I Corinthians 12:13,27

"...HAVE ALL BEEN MADE TO DRINK INTO ONE SPIRIT...NOW YE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST, AND MEMBERS IN PARTICULAR..."

2. The Spirit sends and operates the gifts through the saints.

I Corinthians 12:28

"GOD HATH SET SOME IN THE CHURCH, FIRST APOSTLES, SECONDARILY PROPHETS..."

Ephesians 4:8, 11, 12

"WHEN HE ASCENDED UP ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVITY CAPTIVE AND GAVE GIFTS UNTO MEN... FOR THE PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS, FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY, FOR THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST, TILL WE ALL COME INTO THE UNITY OF THE FAITH..."

3. The Spirit also helps in the preaching of the gospel.

I Thessalonians 1:5-6

"FOR OUR GOSPEL CAME NOT UNTO YOU IN WORD ONLY, BUT ALSO IN POWER, AND IN THE HOLY SPIRIT..."

Acts 10:44

"THE HOLY SPIRIT FELL ON THEM THAT HEARD THE WORD."



4. The Spirit also helps by aiding prayers.

Romans 8:26-27

"LIKEWISE THE SPIRIT HELPS OUR INFIRMITIES, FOR WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE SHOULD PRAY..."

Ephesians 6:18

"PRAYING ALWAYS WITH ALL PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION IN THE SPIRIT..."

Jude 20

"BUT YE, BELOVED, BUILDING UP YOURSELVES ON YOUR MOST HOLY FAITH, PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT..."


5. The Spirit gives gifts of miraculous power to help the saints do the work of the Lord.

I Corinthians 12:4

"NOW THERE ARE VARIETIES OF GIFTS, BUT THE SAME SPIRIT..."

The GIFTS of the Spirit are divine endowments of special power for service in the body of Christ. As we initiate the mission, these gifts will enable us.

These are God-given abilities, strengths, and divine endowments. They are not natural talents. Natural talents are given of God through genetics. Talents are received at birth. Talents should be dedicated to God for His use. However, the gifts of the Spirit are given of God, independent of the parents. They are received at conversion, or later. They are to be used as God directs. The gifts are not talents already present, that now must be increased. The gifts are not more of what was already present. The gifts of the Spirit are not enhancements. The gifts are not received from schooling or training. The gifts are endowments of the supernatural. They are manifestations of the Spirit as He works through the saint as His vessel.

Four words are used in the Greek to refer to the gifts.

1. Charismata -
This refers to them being gifts of God's love and mercy.
( I Pet. 4:10, Rom. 12:6, I Cor. 12:4,9, 28,30,31)
2. Pneumatikos -
This emphasizes that they are gifts that proceed from the Holy Spirit.
(I Cor. 14:1)
3. Phanerosis -
This word emphasizes that they are a manifestation of the Spirit.
(I Cor. 12:9, II Cor. 4:2)
4. Domata -
This word stresses the reality of the gift, rather that the beneficial nature of the gift.
(Lk. 11:13, Eph. 4:8, Mt. 7:11)

These gifts cannot be earned, they are freely given of God to His children. These gifts are a manifestation, a showing forth, a making visible of the power and workings of God. The focus of the exercise of the gifts is not on the Holy Spirit, nor on the person the is operating the gift. The focus of the gifts are to be on the magnifying and glorifying of Jesus Christ.

There are several ways to classify the gifts of the Spirit. Here we will divide them into five classifications.

1. Those that impart the power to know:
word of wisdom
word of knowledge
discernment of spirits

2. Those that impart the power to act supernaturally:
faith
miracles
healings

3. Those that impart the power to speak supernaturally:
prophecy
tongues
interpretation of tongues

4. Those that aid one's own ministry:
pastor-teacher
evangelism
apostleship
exhortation
teaching

5. Those that give help to the ministry of others:
shewing mercy
administration
giving
helps
intercession

Every believer may have one or all, as he covets them and seeks God. You should be expecting to have many, if not all, of these gifts. They are available, and you are called to use them. As the Spirit directs you, you will initiate great ministry into great blessings, as well as be a blessing to others.

 

These gifts are distributed to every individual believer.

Ephesian 4:7

BUT TO EACH ONE OF US GRACE WAS GIVEN ACCORDING TO THE MEASURE OF CHRIST'S GIFT."

I Cor. 12:7

"BUT TO EACH ONE OF US IS GIVEN THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SPIRIT FOR THE COMMON GOOD."

I Cor. 12:11

"BUT ONE AND SAME SPIRIT WORKS ALL THESE THINGS, DISTRIBUTING TO EACH ONE INDIVIDUALLY JUST AS HE WILLS."

I Peter 4:10

"AS EACH ONE HAS RECEIVED A SPECIAL GIFT, EMPLOY IT IN SERVING ONE ANOTHER, AS GOOD STEWARDS OF THE MANIFOLD GRACE OF GOD."

The purpose of the gifts of the Spirit is to enable us to do the works of Christ. We need to carry on the work that He began. The ministry which we are commanded to do is to be confirmed by the signs and wonders which emanate through the exercise of the gifts. (Mark 16:15-20, Romans 15:18-19, 29)

The fruit of the Spirit was given to us at salvation. We need to continue to develop and harvest these. However, the gifts of the Spirit need to be coveted, and sought. The Spirit has gifts for each of us. Don't feel, as many have, that "I'll take the fruit, others can have the gifts." If Jesus had felt that way, He would have had to tell the sick, blind, etc, - "I love you." Yet, He could do more than that - He could love them by exercising the gifts of healing, and the gift of miracles.

The mission of each child of God is manifold. Yet, for every part of the mission, the gifts of the Spirit are necessary.

Our mission is:

1. To glorify God.
2. To edify.
3. To win souls to Jesus.
4. To be a hindrance to Satan.


We initiate, we claim the authority to do what the Lord has told us to do, and then the gifts and signs of the Holy Spirit’s enabling is with us always.

Next, the last four letters spell the word ‘shed’ and we shall look at them in detail shortly... and see what we are to ‘shed’ in this year of being ‘finished’...


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The last four letters of the word ‘FINISHED’ are ‘shed’. Taking that as a word together, we do need to realize, in finishing our work, we need shed some things.

SHEDDING THE FILTHY GARMENTS...

The ‘apron of leaves’ that mankind first tried to use, needed to be shed. In the beginning days of the Adamic race, God put a ‘coat of skins’ on them.

Genesis 3:21

"the Lord God made a coat of skins, and clothed them’.

Blood had to be shed to cover man, because the aura glory that once clothed mankind was gone after sin brought the fall, the body needed clothes to cover it. The aprons of leaves was not sufficient. Blood needed shed, so that a death brought a covering. Insufficient were the apron of leaves that they had tried to use to cover themselves.

 

Adam’s sin was willful, for Adam was ‘not deceived’ as was Eve.

1 Timothy 2:14 (KJV)

14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Adam knew what God had commanded, and willfully rebelled against that rule of God. This sin reflected upon the goodness of God. Adam’s sin was a breach of the law of God. This was spiritual suicide, that Adam did in his sin.

Adam’s sin brought evil upon others. Mankind had changed from being innocent to being a failure. The ‘eyes were opened’ and man immediately sensed and saw the change. God’s desire to re-clothe man, and man’s attempt to re-clothe themselves, shows the recognition of the change.

Mankind became totally depraved of any goodness that would replace the innocence and righteousness that they once had. The original righteousness was corrupted and instead of an inclination to do right and good, mankind has since has the inclination toward evil. Total depravity refers to man’s total inability to restore he Creator/creature relationship without God’s help.

Joshua, the high priest, needed to shed his filthy garments.

Zechariah 3:1-7 (KJV)

1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.

4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

5 And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.

6 And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,

7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.

Joshua was the High Priest at the time of the return of the Jews from their captivity in Babylon. In this fifth vision, Zechariah sees Joshua standing before "the Angel of the Lord", and "Satan" was also there.

This vision is predominantly one depicting the last day battle of Satan to corrupt, or keep destitute, the priesthood. God is showing in this vision, the change of the priesthood of the last days in spiritual revival.

The shedding of the filthy garments and the placing of clean raiment upon Joshua - represents the revival of the priesthood ministry in the last days.

In this vision, Christ Jesus is seen as the advocate of the priesthood, and Satan is seen resisting the priesthood, and Christ's ministry to them.

In the church age, there is no "clergy" and "laity" in God's eyes. He has called all Christians to be the "priesthood." Every saint is to be spiritually clothed in priestly garb. Just as the priesthood of the Old Testament stood between the sinner and God, the saints of today are the intercessors, the evangelists, and the witness between the sinner and God. Into the Holy of Holies, the Old Testament High Priest could enter to make intercession before the presence of God once a year. In the New Testament, the veil has been rent, and all believers may boldly enter into the very Divine Presence of God.

The devil is present in this age to oppose the Christian's evangelistic and intercessory role in the world. We battle and resist this evil devil. We are all like "brands plucked out of the fire... (3:2). In other words, we are barely saved from destruction ourselves. We are charged with leading others away from the destruction from which we have been saved.

Christ is our advocate, and He is the One Who for us rebukes the devil.

Zechariah 3:1-2

"And He shewed me Joshua, the High Priest, standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at His right hand to resist Him. And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee."

We, the priesthood of the last days, are to be given clean garments. This indicates a revival of the last days. The church is desperately in need of a revival. During this finished period, we should be shedding the filthy spiritual garments, and put on the spiritual garments.

Zechariah 3:4

"And He answered and spake unto those that stood before Him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him He said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment."

Many in the church of today, do not want to see the vile sins of the church. They will defend their denomination, their local congregation, their own selves... and deny the hypocrisy, the spiritual abuse, the heresy, and the existence of false prophets. The Lord is not unaware of the sins of the churches, and the world can easily see the sins, too. Only, the church itself is in the state of denial. Filthy garments have not all been shed. Some are still wearing their own righteousness, which are like filthy rags.

 

A "fair mitre" will be given the revived priesthood. This is the turban that the High Priest wore. This represented the priest's right to act as judge for the Lord, and point out sin and its punishment to the world. For us to effectively preach, teach, and prophesy, we need revival first.

JESUS SHED MUCH WHEN HE CAME TO EARTH TO LIVE AMONG US.

THE KENOSIS OF JESUS

Philippians 2:5-8 (KJV)

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7 But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

The Kenosis of Christ, is a term that comes from the Greek word ‘kenoo (G2758), meaning "to empty out, to drain." When it says ‘made Himself of no reputation’, it is the word ‘kenoo’, meaning He emptied Himself, He drained out of Himself many things.

This is hard for us to do, and yet, we are sent into this world with the same mission, with the same calling as Jesus had. If we do not ‘empty ourselves’,

if we do not shed the filthy garments we wear spiritually, then we are not following in the mission to which we are called.

 

What did Christ shed?

 

It was not His divine nature, for He is God for all eternity (Mic. 5:1-2; Jn. 1:1-2; Heb. 1:8; Rev. 1:8-11).

Jesus was One of the Trinity, manifest in flesh during His life on earth (Isa. 7:14; 9:6-7; Mt. 1:18-25; Jn. 1:1-2,14; 1Tim. 3:16).

Christ emptied Himself of: 

 1. Jesus emptied, temporarily, Himself from His equality with God. He put Himself into total subjection to Another One of the Trinity. We too need to realize we are totally in subjection to the Lord Jesus, and not His boss, but ‘followers’ and disciples of Him.

(Philippians 2:6-7; John. 14:28; I Corinthians. 11:3)

 

2. Jesus emptied Himself of His eternal, holy, pure, all powerful body, to take human-form. We still await our ‘redeemed body’. We have been made eternal spiritually, but we are in a human body that still suffers pain, weakness, and is slowly dying. We have human body frailties, till the ‘adoption’ of the body at the rapture/resurrection.

(Romans 8, Philippians 2:6-8; 3:21; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke. 1:35; John. 1:14; Lk. 24:37-40; Zechariah 13:6; Galatians 4:4)

 

3. Jesus emptied Himself of the glory, honor, praise, worship that He had with the Father in heaven. We too will find ‘hatred’ not love from the world, we will not be ‘reverenced’ but rather we will be despised if we stay with our real mission.

(John. 12:23; 17:5; Matthew 16:27; Philippians 2:5-11)

 

4. Jesus emptied Himself of His authority in heaven and in earth. He had that returned after the resurrection. We will someday ‘rule and reign’ with Jesus, but right now, we are not in ‘authority’ over this world, but we have, as Jesus, ‘authority’ over the devil, and can resist him and make him flee. (Matthew 28:18; Philippians 2:9-11; Ephesians 1:20-23; I Peter. 3:22)

 

5. Jesus emptied Himself of His divine attributes and outward powers that He had in heaven. He had no power to do miracles until His anointing with the Spirit, at the time when the ‘Dove’ rested upon His head. We too have no power in ourselves. It is the power of the Spirit that does miracles through us.

(John 2:11; 3:34; Isaiah 11:1-2; 42:1-7; 61:1-2; Luke 3:21-22; 4:16-21; Matthew 12:28; Acts 10:38).

Jesus attributed all His works, doctrines, powers, to His Father. Jesus limited Himself to simple human status, to being only an Agent of God, and as One using only the authority delegated from God through the Spirit. We are told to follow in His steps. That was a lot of ‘shedding’.

 

Peter 2:21-25 (KJV)

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

23 Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously:

24 Who his own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes ye were healed.

25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

 

Jesus was tempted by sin, resisted and did not yield to that temptation, to prove that in human form, in human weakness, mankind, even we, can also resist temptation with the aid of the Spirit of God.

Isaiah, in Isaiah 7:14-16, says the Messiah would be born without knowledge to know to refuse evil and choose good. Jesus was limited, emptied of all, so that the Spirit of God had to teach Him wisdom, show Him understanding, illustrate to Him counsel, anoint Him with might, reveal to Him knowledge, and help Him learn the fear and reverence of the Lord.

Isaiah 7:14-16 (KJV)

14 Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

15 Butter and honey shall He eat, that He may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

16 For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.

Jesus ‘emptied Himself’, He shed His claim to authority, came as a servant, gave up a throne, all for us... and showed us by illustration, how to live a human life. We too must shed much. We are not here to be glorified by man, to be adored and adulated. We are here to preach the good news, and to share Jesus with this world.

Isaiah 50:4-9 (KJV)

4 The Lord GOD hath given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: He wakeneth morning by morning, He wakeneth Mine ear to hear as the learned.

5 The Lord GOD hath opened Mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.

6 I gave my back to the smiters, and My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not My face from shame and spitting.

7 For the Lord GOD will help Me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

8 He is near that justifieth Me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to Me.

9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help Me; who is he that shall condemn Me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.

Jesus was born without the tongue of the learned, without knowing how to speak a word in season to help any soul, and would be wakened day by day to increase in knowledge and wisdom. We are born that way too. We have to learn to minister, we need to learn from the Spirit of God, like unto how Jesus did after He had emptied Himself.

We start out empty, having shed the prestige, and glory from mankind. We start when Jesus came after He had emptied Himself. We are limited as a baby, to grow in body, in soul, in spirit, to learn grace, wisdom, stature, and grow in favor with God. Jesus did not possess, nor claim the stature and powers of God, for Himself, but used the powers of God through the Spirit. So must we do that.

Too many want to be ‘little gods’, and want to claim to have powers in themselves. We have One, the Comforter, Who is with us to do miracles, but we are not deity. Jesus emptied Himself of all that to show us how to have a miraculous life, though we are only human.

 

Jesus promised all believers power to do the works that He did. We have the same powers that He had, we are to do His works, and even mightier works, though still emptied of any personal power of our own. (Matthew 10:1-20; 16:18; 18:18; Luke 10; 24:49; Mark 16:15-20; John 14:12-15; Acts 1:4-8).

 

Jesus humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Our road leads to a cross too. He came to bear the sins of the world, we still are concerned about those sins, if we are on the same road as Christ Jesus, and walking with Christ Jesus.

THE WALK WITH JESUS IS FAR MORE CLOSE,

AFTER WE HAVE SHED HUMAN DESIRES.

Too many in ministry think they are there to be honored. We shall be, but not here. If we get honor here, it is due to not preaching the right message. The honor Jesus received, after all this merciful emptying, was a crown of thorns, a bloody robe, nails in His hands and feet.

Do we think the world has changed? Or have we tried to change? We have love for the world, like Jesus came with love for sinful mankind. We love enough to preach what they need to hear. Yet, what they need to hear is not wanted, not desired by them, and they reject it with hatred and violence. The message in these last days is going to be hated more than ever. The enemy will make these days to be ‘perilous times’, but we need not fear. We are on a hated road, but we are walking with Jesus, headed to our heavenly home, where much will be given to us, for walking this ‘empty’ life. We SHED much, but are truly in fellowship as we FINISH the race.


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The Jewish New Year’s day was also A ‘FINISHED’ TIME...

 

At the time of the exodus from Egypt, God declared that Israel would change their new year's day from the fall (first of Tishri), to a new system whereby the first day of Nisan (March-April) would become the beginning of the calendar year.

The first of every month is called ROSH HODESH in the Jewish calendar. The appearance of a tiny sliver of the new moon signaled the beginning of the month. This first day of every month was announced with the blowing of a shofar (the ram's horn) in the cities. Signal fires were set on the mountain tops to signal distant villages.

Psalm 81:3-5

"BLOW YE THE TRUMPET IN THE NEW MOON, IN THE TIME APPOINTED, ON OUR SOLEMN FEAST DAY. FOR THIS WAS A STATUTE FOR ISRAEL, AND A LAW OF THE GOD OF JACOB."

During the first temple period, in Solomon's day, the High Priest announced the appearance of the new moon. Later, the Sanhedrin announced the first day of the first month. This announcement set the calendar for the new year, and set the dates for the seven feasts.

 

EVENTS OF THE FIRST DAY OF NISAN INCLUDED A FINISHED, A SHEDDING OF SOME THINGS...

CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE BY HEZEKIAH

After Solomon died, a series of kings led a divided nation (Israel, Judah). Most of the kings were evil and idolatrous. Finally, a righteous king came, named Hezekiah.

II Chronicles 29:2-3

Hezekiah "DID THAT WHICH WAS RIGHT IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, ACCORDING TO ALL THAT DAVID, HIS FATHER, HAD DONE. HE IN THE FIRST YEAR OF HIS REIGN ON THE FIRST MONTH (their New Year’s day), OPENED THE DOORS OF THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, AND REPAIRED THEM."

The house of God was in such ruins that it took weeks to cleanse fully.

II Chronicles 29:17

"NOW THEY BEGAN ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH TO SANCTIFY..."

Two weeks later, they gathered to celebrate the Passover. The temple was cleansed of the neglect and sin. This day was a day of cleansing. The trash from the Temple site needed cleansing, removed, shed from the site, so that it could be ‘right in the sight of the Lord.’

 

EZRA BEGAN THE JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM TO HELP REBUILD THE TEMPLE, TO SHED HIMSELF AND THE OTHERS FROM THE SLAVERY THEY HAD BEEN IN.

On the first day of Nisan, 457 B.C., Ezra began his journey to Israel.

Ezra 7:9

"FOR UPON THE FIRST DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH (their New Year’s day) BEGAN HE TO GO UP FROM BABYLON, AND ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE FIFTH MONTH CAME HE TO JERUSALEM, ACCORDING TO THE GOOD HAND OF HIS GOD UPON HIM."

This day was a day that the returning Jews were cleansing themselves from the sin of Babylon, and were returning to the city of God. Revival starts with a cleansing from sin. We need to end, finish, the slavery to sin, and begin anew the move toward finishing the work of God.

 

DECREE GIVEN TO REBUILD THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM WAS GIVEN ON THEIR NEW YEAR’S DAY.

The Persian king, Artaxerxes Longimanus, issued a decree which sent Nehemiah to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls of the city. This occurred on March 14, 445 B.C.

Nehemiah 2:1-8

"AND IT CAME TO PASS IN THE MONTH NISAN, IN THE TWENTIETH YEAR OF ARTAXERXES THE KING...THE KING GRANTED ME, ACCORDING TO THE GOOD HAND OF MY GOD UPON ME..."

This is the beginning point of the vision of Daniel's seventy weeks of years.

(70 times 7 = 490 years times 360 days = 173,880 days) From the day of the decree, until the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the donkey was 173,880 days.

The walls were to be rebuilt, and the walls represented the fact that God was intending to restore and protect this city of Jerusalem. It was to be cleansed of the sinners who once defiled it and possessed it. Now God wanted a city that was cleansed of the sinners. God wanted to dwell within a cleansed city with His people.

The end of that 490 years will be finished at the end of its last seven years, we call the ‘tribulation’. We are near that 7 year time, and need to finish the work predicted in Daniel. We will not be here for the last seven years, we will be soon FINISHING the 490 in heaven, with Jesus.

 

When we return with Jesus to rule and reign with Him for a 1000 years, we will see the MILLENNIAL TEMPLE cleansed on a New Year’s Day.

The Lord has been very specific in His determination of the day in which the Millennial temple will be cleansed. In prophecy, God has spoken that it will be on the first day of the first month that the temple of the 1000 year rule of Christ, after the second coming, will be cleansed.

Ezekiel 45:18

"THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; IN THE FIRST MONTH, IN THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH, THOU SHALT TAKE A YOUNG BULLOCK WITHOUT BLEMISH, AND CLEANSE THE SANCTUARY."

So, New Year’s day is a very important time of shedding sin, cleansing the defiled, ending one time, and beginning new a new part of our eternal existence.


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